Irregular Menstrual Cycle While Breastfeeding?
Hi. I am Yussy. I want to tell you a little bit, I am a breastfeeding mother, my child used to drink breast milk using bottles. I always pump breast milk because my child is confused about the nipple and doesn’t want to drink breast milk directly on me. And I did this until my child was 4 months ago, finally I had menstruation in the 4th and 5th months. But I always tried so that my child could suckle directly at me. And when my child was 5 months old he was able and good at breastfeeding right away. After my child can breastfeed right away, I never had my period again until now. Now my child is 14 months old. Please answer yes. Thank you
Hello good morning Yussyana ..
Irregular menstrual cycles or even no menstruation at all are common among breastfeeding mothers. During a woman breastfeeding, there is a change in the hormones estrogen and progesterone due to the action of the hormone prolactin (a hormone to stimulate milk production), so that the menstrual cycle often lengthens causing menstruation to come late for a long time. So you don't need to worry too much because this can be a normal condition.
Apart from being breastfeeding, a woman can also experience delayed menstruation due to other conditions, including:
pregnancy. Although during breastfeeding the chances of getting pregnant are small due to the Amenorrhea Lactation Method (MAL) or natural birth control due to breastfeeding, the possibility of getting pregnant is still there, therefore you still need to pay attention to the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy. fatigue due to heavy physical activity, psychological stress, while using hormonal contraceptives, for example 3-month injection contraceptive for abnormalities in the reproductive tract, for example due to cysts, myomas, etc.
It is recommended that you check with an obstetrician to determine whether your condition is normal or abnormal. The doctor may recommend that you run further tests such as blood lab tests or ultrasound to confirm your condition. Meanwhile, you can continue breastfeeding your child, avoid stress, get adequate rest, and eat healthy and nutritious foods.
I hope this helps.
Greetings, dr. Denisa